Thursday, April 23, 2015

#TBT: An Inside Look at Torpids 2015, with Duncan Coneybeare of Hertford College, Oxford

This week's 'Throwback Thursday' post is from this year's Torpids, following the successful campaign of Hertford College's top men's eight. Torpids, held in late February/early March, is traditionally the first of two 'Bumps' racing series held at Oxford, pitting college crews against one another along a stretch of the River Thames known as the Isis (which gives its name to OUBC's reserve crew for the Boat Races). The second series of bumps racing is Summer Eights, or simply Eights, which is similar in structure, and is held at the end of May.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: Harvard and Princeton Throw Down on Lake Carnegie; Ohio State and UVa Battle for Supremacy in Clemson

In a heavyweight showdown of powerhouse Ivy programs over the weekend, the Princeton Tigers showed just how far their program has come over the past several seasons under head coach Greg Hughes, sweeping the Crimson and setting the stage for what could be a revolution at Sprints. With an open-water victory in the men's varsity eight, the Tigers sealed the sweep and claimed the Compton Cup for the first time in almost a decade. Given the early-season speed at the top end, as well as the program's depth, the Tigers could be the team to beat in the East come May.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Best Rowing Drills: Newport Aquatic Center's Nick D'Antoni on Sequencing and Drive Mechanics

Nick D'Antoni (top left) coaching at a USRowing junior ID camp, 2015 (Photo: B. Kitch)
USRowing junior national team coach Nick D'Antoni is no stranger to success. Here, he shares some insight into how to build technique and style for the long haul.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Video(s) Of The Week: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races, 2015

While in recent memory there has been more than enough controversy surrounding the event, from protestors swimming onto the course, to clashes and lost blades, the 2015 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races were historic for all the right reasons. The outcomes on the water showed just how much stronger the Oxford programs are than their Light Blue counterparts in the heavyweight events, but the day was a victory for everyone in sport, with the women's race run along the same course, and on the same day, as the men's. After all, it just makes sense.

Friday, April 10, 2015

#FBF: The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, 2003—The Greatest Boat Race, Ever

With only a few hours left to go before the 2015 Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races take over the Tideway for the renewal of the age-old rivalry between two of the world's oldest universities, it's a time for reflection. So we're flashing back this Friday to 2003—a race that, after 4 miles and 374 yards, came down to 1 foot.

The 2015 Boat Races: RR Picks and Predictions, Plus Rowing Resources to Follow All the Action

The buildup to this year's Oxford and Cambridge Boat Races has seen the bookmakers heavily favor Oxford for both the men's and women's events, and, given the results from the Tideway Fixtures and the indirect comparisons to be made, that seems a logical conclusion. On both counts, Oxford has had arguably stronger results, and a side-by-side comparison of the athletes seems to show that the Dark Blues have the experience and talent edge in 2015.

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However, all of that is out the window as soon as the flag drops and the races begin on Saturday, and Cambridge will be keen to prove the doubters wrong.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Lightweight Boat Races, 2015: Tabs Take Down Oxford in Henley

This past weekend marked the renewal of the Henley Boat Races rivalry between Oxford and Cambridge, and while the bookmakers have 'tabbed' Oxford as the favorites in the men's and women's Boat Races on the Tideway, Cambridge scored not one but two victories over the Dark Blues just a few miles up the Thames.

#BeastMode: Former Crash-B Sprints Champion Conlin McCabe on Approaching 2k Race Day

Conlin McCabe (right) and the #TrueNorthFour in San Diego (Photo: B. Kitch) 
Wednesdays are coaching days here on RR, and today we thought we would shift gears a little bit from our Best Rowing Drills series, and take a look at preparation for that most important of tests, the 2k. We asked former Crash-B Sprints champion and Canadian Olympic silver medalist Conlin McCabe how he goes about getting ready for a test, from the night before to the warmup. Here's what Conlin had to say.